Coronavirus cases in South Lanarkshire fell by almost 10 per cent last week.

Clydesdale witnessed its first decline in case numbers for five weeks while numbers in the Hamilton area and Rutherglen and Cambuslang remained fairly static.

Figures published by Public Health Scotland revealed there were 416 new cases of the virus between Sunday, February 14, and Saturday, February 20.

The number of new cases in the region is now at its lowest since week beginning December 6 with 1.3 new cases recorded for every 1,000 residents.

Last week was the sixth consecutive week that case numbers fell across South Lanarkshire following a spike after Christmas and New Year.

Douglas, Coalburn and Rigside and Little Earnock recorded the highest number of new cases last week at 19 as no neighbourhood recorded more than 20 cases for the first time since the week beginning December 13.

That equates to 4.43 and 2.8 new cases for every 1000 residents respectively.

Across South Lanarkshire, 24 of the 82 neighbourhoods recorded less than three new Covid-19 cases last week.

Data for some neighbourhoods where less than three cases were recorded last week was suppressed by Public Health Scotland.

More new cases were recorded in the Hamilton area than anywhere else in South Lanarkshire last week after at least 165 positive tests were confirmed - up two per cent.

That equates to between 1.6-1.7 cases for every 1000 residents.

Clydesdale remains the epicentre of the crisis in South Lanarkshire after at least 99 cases were recorded last week - down 25.5 per cent.

That equates to between 1.63-1.76 cases for every 1000 residents.

Cases in Rutherglen and Cambuslang increased by one last week after at least 64 were recorded.

That equates to between 1.05-1.18 cases for every 1000 residents.

East Kilbride and Avondale the biggest fall in new cases last week after at least 58 new Covid-19 cases recorded - down 25.6 per cent.

That equates to between 0.61-0.84 cases for every 1000 residents.

Westburn and Newton (18) recorded the highest number of cases outside Hamilton and Clydesdale while Ashgill and Netherburn (3.97), Fairhill (4.42), Lesmahagow (3.7) and Merryton and Meadowhill (4.3) were the only other neighbourhoods to record at least three new cases for every 1000 residents.

Breakdown of cases by neighbourhood:


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*Where a neighbourhood has fewer than three cases this is being presented as 0-2 to help protect patient confidentiality.